Sunday, 26 July 2020

Pain Relief in Covid Times

Pain Relief in Covid Times

The current pandemic caused by Coronavirus has taken the world by surprise. Since its onset in early January this year, nobody could gauge that how far will it go, and will spread so fast and wide to bring the entire mankind, virtually to a standstill. The economies across the globe have gone upside down, human life is in shambles and there is no sight of relief in near future. The governments in the centre and in the states are taking ample measures to fight the spread of corona but all seems to be mere reaction to the prevailing situation. Repeated lockdowns and unlocks have become an unyielding norm, unable to arrest the  growing number of cases.

Virtually every realm of life has been hit hard. And the hardest of them is healthcare.People are finding it increasingly difficult to avail proper healthcare. Two reasons can be assigned to this. One, that healthcare facilities have either shutdown or turned into corona combat centre, and other; the constant and impending fear of getting affected of Covid 19 while visiting hospital for medical check-up. This fear has led to a two way loss. Neither hospitals are getting business nor are patients getting timely and required healthcare facilities. As per reports, there is a sudden and severe decline in OPD cases in hospitals; reason of which can be attributed to the fear of contacting corona at hospitals, which in some cases has been found to be true. Arguably it can be said that many such cases which didn’t report to hospitals were manageable with self-medication and self-healing. But what to do in cases like severe pain which needs immediate attention, and when you can’t go to a hospital or to a doctor due to lack of safe public transport facility or fear of contacting the deadly virus?

In such dire straits, the patient can resort to few measures at home and get relieved of the pain. The first and foremost being our trusted Yoga – the ancient science of wellness. As per a research, practicing yoga has an opposite effect on the brain and can relieve one from chronic pain. According to Catherine Bushwell, Scientific Director, National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health at the US National Institute of Health, “Practicing Yoga and Meditation have shown to reduce pain perception”. So, those suffering from pain, and unable to visit a doctor or a hospital, can practice Yoga for relief from pain.

Another way to reduce pain can be the intake of healthy foods, which has no substitute by any means on any given day. We all must have heard the popular adage - Prevention is better than cure. Hence regular intake of healthy food builds a deterrent against pain. Foods with Omega 3 fatty acids, nuts, leafy vegetables, colourful fruits, garlic and root vegetables, whole grains, etc can relieve you from your pain to a great extent, and reduce your dependence on doctors and hospitals in long run.

People in pain have also found exercising regularly as a great relief to pain. Research has shown that regular exercise can ease pain long term by improving muscle tone, strength and flexibility. Exercise may also cause a release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. Some exercises are easier for certain chronic pain sufferers to do than others. Try sports like swimming, biking, walking, rowing, etc. which have a proven record in controlling pain.

But there is a stage of acute pain which is unbearable, and needs a doctor’s consultation. No amount of yoga, meditation and exercise is enough in such a grave situation. In a scenario like this, you can always find doctors for online consultation, and one such centre is Pain Free Odisha at Health Village Hospital in Bhubaneswar. Qualified and dedicated doctors are always available to provide online consultation, and guide you through your acute pain, just for a nominal fee. This is indeed very handy in the current situation when venturing out of home is a risky affair. Pain Free Odisha has developed a secure mechanism where patients can register, pay the fee and seek consultation, all from the safe confines of their homes.

But, God forbid, if even that doesn’t help, and the patient is withering in severe pain, then they should physically visit Pan Free Odisha at Health Village Hospital even without a second thought. Because the centre is fully sanitized as per Government of Odisha norms, and follows the highest standards of patients’ safety and protection. The entire hospital set-up is fully sanitized twice-a-day, adhering to all protocols to combat the spread of Coronavirus.

A committed name to take pain out of your lives, Pain Free Odisha is taking all possible steps to manage your pain and ease-up your life. Because we believe, together, we can beat and defeat corona.

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